This is for you, rsmallbone. This is year-to-date. They haven’t gotten the $21,194.16 (USD) bill yet.
That will put me at $106,048.64.
That’s just $5,893,951.36 less than the Six Million Dollar Man.
This freaks me out. I’ve never seen a hospital bill, but I would shit myself if I saw this. What do you do if you don’t have insurance?
I think we paid $35 once for a private room upgrade.
If you don’t have insurance, you are fucked.
In some states there are safety nets, but they are mostly based on income.
My family and I find ourselves in an odd gap in the system right now. My company-provided coverage stopped with little-to-no-warning on May 9th (I explained this on Twitter—scroll back to May 9th).
Even in Massachusetts (the bluest of states, where we had Obamacare before there was Obamacare) there is no way for us to get coverage until at least June 1. If something should happen (fingers crossed knock on wood), we would have to pay out of pocket for everything. We could apply for the safety net, but since I’m employed and I do ok, there’s no chance we’d qualify.
Last September, our son needed an emergency appendectomy. We had to pay out of pocket for the insurance deductible ($2000). If we’d had to pay the entire bill, we would have been bankrupted. Plain and simple.
So if you see my kids anytime between now and the first of June, you’ll understand why they’re encased in bubble wrap.
The system sucks. It needs to change.